Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Mind of her Own

At nine months, Maddie is really starting to form her own opinions. Just yesterday I gave her her first assortment of cheerios. She carefully picked out all of the colored ones, ate them and then proceeded to throw the plain cheerios on the ground. It brought back some not so pleasant memories of dinner time with Anna; I guess all of that fun is about to begin.

On Monday Maddie went in for her 9 month appointment.

Weight: 19 lbs, 3.5 ounces
Height: 28 inches

(For comparison she's about 3/4 inches taller and 2.5 pounds lighter than Anna at this age.)

The main topic with the doctor was food. Since Maddie hadn't had any apparent allergies it was time to increase her solid foods and start experimenting. He told me I could give her most anything I give to Anna as long as it is cut into tiny pieces and is not a high allergy food like peanut butter/honey/milk. This came as a shock to me for some reason. When I look at Maddie I see "my baby" rather than a little one who is approach 1 year old! This week Maddie has tried chicken and rice casserole out of the crockpot, grilled cheese, and ground beef.

Maddie is continuing to pull up on everything and can frequently be found up on her knees. Just today she stood up in the middle of the floor by herself. She will push her walker across the room but doesn't seem interested in walking on her own - her other means of travel are way faster.

About a week ago I heard those gratifying syllables for the first time, "mama". "Dada" has been a favorite for awhile. We are definitely in that stage of something new everyday and I love it.

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